From an early age he was tipped for the big time, playing Premier League cricket for Singha CC at the age of 15.Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:06 IST
Upul Tharanga's call-up to the national one-day squad in July 2005 brightened a year marred by the Asian tsunami, which washed away his family home in Ambalangoda, a fishing town on the west coast.
From an early age he was tipped for the big time, playing Premier League cricket for Singha CC at the age of 15 and passing seamlessly and successfully through the Sri Lanka under-15, under-17 and under-19 development squads.
He first really caught the eye during the under-19 World Cup last year when he cracked 117 against South Africa and then 61 in 42 balls against India in the next game. Then, after a successful tour with the under-19 team to Pakistan, during which he scored half-centuries in each of the two Tests and two one-day matches, the Sri Lankan board sent him to play league cricket in Essex, where he starred for Loughton Cricket Club.
He soon graduated to the A team and after accomplished performances against West Indies A earlier in the month he was selected for the national squad. He is also a skillful wicketkeeper.
First Published: Oct 24, 2005 02:55 IST